Why the South Carolina Pension System is a Mess

A nifty primer by the Greenville Chamber!

This is how it begins …

South Carolina’s pension fund problems are making headlines across the state. We can’t figure out why, since $16.8 billion dollars (and increasing!) in unfunded liabilities is clearly a sustainable and miniscule amount of debt, but we’ll go ahead and explain the issue and proposed solutions with the help of emojis.

There are five pension funds managed by the state, and lawmakers are currently focusing reform efforts on the two largest systems.

The largest is the South Carolina Retirement System.

This fund benefits teachers, public university faculty, and employees of state agencies and […]

Trey Gowdy Town Hall – registration link

The GSP Republican Women will host Trey Gowdy Monday October 10.  Here are the details.  CLICK HERE to Register (registration is free, we are looking for a head count).

and if you need raffle tickets … holler at me!


Please join the GSP Republican Women as we host a Town Hall with Congressman Trey Gowdy.

Please come early for our wonderful Dessert Social from 6PM to 7PM.

During this first hour you will also have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a M&P Bodyguard 380 Pistol by Smith & Wesson (valued at $362).

***1 Ticket for $5

***3 Tickets for $10

***8 Tickets for $20

***Renew your […]

SC Pension Plan Public Hearing

Post and Courier.com reports:

S.C. legislators want to hear what people have to say about the state’s retirement and pension system.

They should plan to get an earful on Tuesday.

That’s when S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman have invited the public to weigh in on what experts agree is the state’s failing system. The meeting will be at 10 a.m. in Room 110 of the Blatt Building at the Statehouse complex.

Of course, state employees and retirees will have plenty to say. Their pensions are at stake.

But […]

GOP Unity Rally/BBQ October 13

We now have a sign up link to purchase your ticket!


Come enjoy a BBQ townhall featuring Congressman Mick Mulvaney and Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright on Thursday October 13th at 6:30pm!! BBQ tickets are $10 in advance or at the door! Buy your ticket now at https://causes.anedot.com/spartanburg-unity-rally.

Stand for Life October 2

It’s time once again for our community to come together and stand for life.

On Sunday October 2th from 2:30 to 3:30 we urge you to join us and area pastors in front of the West Side Baptist Church on John B White Blvd in Spartanburg to stand up for the unborn. Please share this with your friends, family, neighbors, Sunday school members etc.

This line of people on both sides of the street will be there to show support for the babies lost to abortion and the men and women whose lives are forever changed because of it.

Join us as we pray for an end […]

Spartanburg County Courthouse – still a sick building making employees and public sick

Remember this story about Spartanburg County Courthouse back in June 2014?

Tales of flooding, mold and vermin infestations shocked and disgusted two county councilmen when they visited the Spartanburg County Courthouse this week.

“Jeff Horton said of repairs to the courthouse. “I’m certain the maintenance of the building is becoming burdensome. … Anyone who visits the facility will admit we need a more functional judicial center.”
This building has been the subject of urgent discussions for years. And still people go to work today in a building that is obviously unhealthy. The public spends time in this building for jury duty. Family court. […]

The Alliance offers training for faith community

From Tommy Dimsdale:

I want to thank you for allowing me to share about my ministry The Alliance with you! There are exciting things to come and specific ways to GET involved. Here is your personal invitation to our GET Leadership Training! I really want you there to meet The Alliance Leadership while connecting with those who are signing up to join our movement as well!

GET groups will be local communities of mission-minded believers that long to live lives of sacrifice and faith as true disciples of Christ. These groups will strategize together and partner with others within […]

Anderson County REJECTS Hospitality Tax!

Congratulations and thank you to all the folks in Anderson who showed up and spoke up against this Hospitality Tax.

Nikie Mayo reports at Independent Mail.com:
A proposal to create a 2 percent hospitality tax in Anderson County’s unincorporated areas was rejected Tuesday night.

The Anderson County Council voted 4-2 against the proposed tax, which would have been applied to prepared food and beverages sold in restaurants near Exit 19 at Interstate 85 and also in eateries along U.S. 76, among other areas.

Because the measure failed, it will not come up for a third reading later this month.

The council members who voted against […]

It’s not the gun

There are many, many news stories I could link to that would illustrate my point.  Here is one from this weekend.  Mass Stabbing at Minnesota Mall.

Those who get up at public forums like the gun issue hearing last week in Greenville and decry “gun violence” and not just “violence” are helping the criminals, not their loved ones. Or my loved ones. Or your loved ones. Because it is not the “gun” that is violent, it is the criminal. And by focusing on the gun, those folks sweep aside families who have lost loved ones to violence brought about by knives. […]

Jeff Duncan on IRS Comm Koskinen impeachment

From Jeff’s FB page:

So a few comments have been written about the effort by the Conservative House Freedom Caucus to bring Impeachment proceedings against the IRS Commissioner Koskinen to the House floor. A privileged motion was filed by Reps Fleming and Huelskamp, which I fully support.

A deal was agreed to between Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte to have a hearing, with Commissioner Koskinen testifying.

Here is why I have concluded, Larry R Smith, that this is a good thing:

The Privileged Motion doesn’t guarantee an Impeachment proceeding would take place. It does mean that the House would […]